First Draft: 11 Anti-Heroes, and Ways to Develop Them In Your Screenplay

Thelma Dickinson and Louise Sawyer (Thelma & Louise)

Feminist sensations of the early ’90s, Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis. Image: MGM

Besties Thelma (Davis) and Louise (Sarandon) hit the road after Thelma is violently assaulted outside a country & western bar somewhere out in the great American west. Louise guns the would-be rapist down, setting the two off on an increasingly spiked and curving path through the backwoods world of homicide, theft, sex, and stupidity. Screenwriter Callie Khouri suggests it’s a sexist society that forces women into the role of anti-heroes, with no other path to justice and safety available but the renegade one.

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1 Comment

  1. David A. Williams

    February 1, 2018 at 7:06 pm

    Awesome. Very good story.

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